Fabulous Food at Ranoush in St. Louis

by Robyn Wright on December 12, 2012

in Food,St. Louis

Today I met my friend Jennifer for lunch at Ranoush, a Syrian restaurant here in St. Louis. We went to the location on Delmar, and there is another in Kirkwood. WOW! I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful the food and service was here at Ranoush.

Ranoush - Traditional Mezza for Two which has Falfel, kibbeh, tabbouleh, fatayer, hummus, baba ganoush, warak inab, moutabal, those gorgeous pink pickles

ranoush baklava

Doesn’t that all look good? Jennifer and I decided to get the “Traditional Mezza for Two” which has Falfel, kibbeh, tabbouleh, fatayer, hummus, baba ganoush, warak inab, moutabal, those gorgeous pink pickles, and it is served with fresh pita. I labeled the same plate below so you knew what was what.

Some of these items I have had before, but the flavor at Ranoush is outstanding! Hummus is probably what I eat the most often and this was creamy and smooth but with just the right flavor to it and some extra whole chickpeas sprinkled on top. The baba ganoush was heavenly. The tabbouleh was so fresh and was great mixed with either the hummus or baba ganoush and spread on the pita. I was really unsure about those pink pickles. I want to say they were pickled onions, but I am not 100% positive, whatever pickled veggie it was had a great bright flavor that went really well against the creaminess and/or fried other items on the plate. The falafel was the best I have ever had. Most of the falafel I have tried is pretty dry and usually a bit blah – this was nothing like that! It was not wet, but definitely moister than most in a good way and had a fabulous flavor which I am assuming is from fresh herbs because it had a green tint to it inside. The kibbeh has meat inside and also packed a lot of flavor, not just texture. Our fatayer was stuffed with cheese – what could be wrong with that? The warak inab I liked the stuffing inside very much, a nice bright flavor, but I am not a fan of the actual leaves that are the wrapper – this is something I already knew though, it’s a texture thing. Jennifer really liked all of the warak inab though. The only thing I did not care for was the moutabal – but again that was a Robyn thing as it had fresh green pepper in it (raw) which I never like to eat. I did taste it though and it really was very fresh and light tasting. Just lovely!

During the meal the staff was so friendly and helpful. Just wonderfully nice guys who really seemed to go out of there way to make everyone feel very welcome in their restaurant. At the end of our meal our server brought us over a plate with baklava and said ‘even though you both are already sweet enough, here you are”. He said it in a really nice way too, not corny. The baklava was fabulous – not that super sugary kind at all. This had just enough sweetness and was so fresh. Ohhh, my mouth is watering again just talking about all of this food!

If you are in St. Louis I highly recommend Ranoush! Thank you Jennifer for sharing it with me. The only thing better than the food and service today was spending time chatting with you my friend!

Ranoush - Traditional Mezza for Two which has Falfel, kibbeh, tabbouleh, fatayer, hummus, baba ganoush, warak inab, moutabal, those gorgeous pink pickles

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Disclosure: None – I went there just as a regular person but wanted to share this wonderful find with everyone!

© 2012, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

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{ 25 comments }

1 Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm

What a wonderful lunch. Glad you enjoyed. People here are so nice . . .thanks for the great review. I’m sure they will appreciate it. Boy your camera takes great pics!

2 Margie December 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

The food does look delicious! I always enjoy ethnic restaurants. We have a couple of favorite Vietnamese ones in our area.

3 Robyn Wright December 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I would like to try some Vietnamese food – going to have to find someone in St. Louis to point out if we have some here to try. I’m sure we must.

4 Jane December 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Love to share ethnic dishes in the city going to use an app I learned from the verizon chats to find one here

5 Robyn Wright December 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Yay! Any particular app you like best for that? I tend to use Foodspotting and Yelp a lot to find interesting spots.

6 Katherine December 13, 2012 at 5:42 am

Looks scrumptuous Makes me want to hop on a plane for St. Louis

7 Robyn Wright December 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Come on in to town – I’ll pick you up at the airport and we will head straight for Ranoush!

8 Robin O December 13, 2012 at 5:46 am

Sounds delicious! We don’t have a Syrian restaurant nearby, but I do like hummus and baba ganoush at Mediterranean eateries. Nice review!

9 Robyn Wright December 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Thanks Robin!

10 Ravzie December 13, 2012 at 7:18 am

I go to a Lebanese restaurant that has the same items. Yummers, I can eat and eat. But do I have garlic breath for days, LOL. My favorite is the baba ganosh. You can get hummus anywhere, but not the eggplant version.

11 Robyn Wright December 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm

This baba ganosh was SO good – it had more flavor than any I have ever had and a great texture. The garlic breath doesn’t bother me LOL – I have garlic on/with everything!

12 angie December 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

nom nom nom nom nom! love love love this kind of food. As a vegetarian, it is one of my fav ethnic foods too because so much of it is vegetarian. Looks wonderful!

13 Robyn Wright December 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm

They have a strictly vegetarian platter also Angie. Plus on the menu they note which items are vegetarian friendly and vegan friendly.

14 angie December 17, 2012 at 10:28 am

fantastic!

15 Naomi December 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Whoa! That looks amazing. I’ve never had fatayer before, I’ll have to look for it.

16 Robyn Wright December 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm

It was really good Naomi. The fatayer you can get stuffed with meats or spinach or cheese (we had cheese).

17 Earen Hummel December 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

That looks delicious! I must go try it out. I am still fairly new to StL and have so much to explore.

18 Ashley December 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

My mouth is actually watering

19 Danai December 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I am adding Ranoush to my list of place to try in StL. We come down (over) twice a year for Six Flags.

20 Julie January 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Sounds like it was a lot of fun

21 Wendy T January 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I had something similar to the pink pickled thing you had recently. I loved what I had so much! I asked the waiter what it was, because I could not for the life of me figure it out. It was pickled cabbage. Highly recommend it.

22 Julie January 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

The Traditional Mezza sounds delicious! I love Falfel and hummus. Baklava is one of my go to sweets because there are so many different varieties of baklava. I personally love the ones with walnuts and almonds.

23 Sert January 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

The warak sounds interesting. Never heard of ranoush before.

24 GlArthy February 21, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I must say they are all foreign to me but that meal looks good and I am sure tasty too!

25 Nancy Bowers March 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm

The pictures look delicious! Too bad I am so far away!
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